Tagged: Champagne

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Saving the Best for Last: Ruinart Champagne

We’ve long been enamored with grower Champagnes – those wonderful bubblies that are made and bottled by the very same people who cultivate and harvest the grapes. So trendy have these Champagnes become that it can easily be forgotten that the oldest winemaking tradition in this part of the world involves a relatively small group of specialty establishments who Continue Reading »

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Champagne History and a Mild Rant

The Champagne region of France was the first to make very serious bubblies, and is still considered to be the best producer of fine sparkling wines.

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Putting the Bubbles in Bubbly Wines

When we pop the cork of a sparkling wine at a party or for a celebratory moment, we release a flurry of bubbles. How do those bubbles get in there? There are several ways that it can happen.

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Welcoming 2012: A Cheese Plate for New Year’s Eve

We checked in with our lead cheese buyer, Kurt, to see what he was recommending for this New Years Eve. He put together a selection that hits all major milk types – cow, goat and sheep – while covering a range of textures and cheese styles. And, they all pair beautifully with sparkling wines!

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Four Sparkling Wines For the Holidays

Our South End Wine Buyer, Julie Cappellano, and Cambridge Wine Buyer, Gemma Iannoni, have put together their top picks for bubbly to help folks celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year! Their selections subscribe to our philosophy that supports small, artisanal growers that set out to make authentic, terroir-driven wines using a combination of sustainable, organic, or biodynamic viticultural practices.

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What Exactly Are Double and Triple-Crème Cheeses?

The terms “double-crème” and “triple-crème” are bandied about a lot in cheese shops. While most folks have a general idea of what they mean in terms of texture (creamy, spreadable!) and flavor (buttery, lactic!) for a cheese, these terms actually have very specific meanings.

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Celebration Libations: Wine for the Holidays

As we enter this season of sharing food with family and friends, we compile a list of our favorite wines to serve at parties and gatherings. Our top picks this year embody the qualities we showcase in our stores. Made in family-run wineries on small farms, using sustainably-grown grapes and natural fermentation, these wines are clear expressions of the terroir of the farms and the care of the producers.

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In the Mood for Love…

This afternoon as I took a walk through the shop, I snapped a few photos of the Valentine’s Day prep that is going on in each department!